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Issued at 2/09/2014 6:52am. Valid till 3/09/2014 6pm

Queenstown

Mountain
Current avalanche advisory
High Alpine

Above 2000 meters

Alpine

1000 to 2000 meters

Sub Alpine

Below 1000 meters

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Primary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
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Certain
Likely
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Largest
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Time of day
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Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
Afternoon temperatures will be very warm today, expect an increase in wet slide activity on N to W aspects. Some slopes may become unsupportive (isothermic) mid afternoon, loose wet avalanches are a concern on sunny aspects, especially in steeper terrain. Remember these same slopes will be hard and icy first thing, especially shadier areas. Wet Climax avalanches are also now a possibility, these events happen at lower elevations where small pockets of sun weakened snow release at ground, creating a large wet avalanches (generally on snow tussock). Be cautious around steep terrain and watch for potential terrain traps on solar aspects today.

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
The snowpack is well settled with no recents events reported, on warm afternoons wet slide activity is increasing on solar (sunny) aspects.

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
The settled weather pattern continues, sunny skies and very little wind is still repeating day after day. The snowpack is a mix of differing conditions, by choosing different aspects you can ski/ride many types of snow. Upper elevations have been shaped by gale force winds, some areas scoured others dense packed powder. Mid elevations are a combination of windpack powder, breakable windslab and/or in shady bowls pockets of winter powder, areas of exposed ice are in the mix as well. Lower elevations on shady aspects are becoming icy with the melt/freeze process. On N to W aspects sun softened spring corn conditions have developed, remember before the sun softens these aspects they are hard and icy.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
Another fine sunny day, winds are light and variable. The freezing level will increase today, rising to around 2100 m.


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Sliding Danger

Slide For Life
The melt-freeze process is well on the way this spring. Shady areas on N to W aspects will be hard and icy early morning, a fall in these conditions could lead to a high speed uncontrollable slide. Be very cautious in steep terrain. Throw a pair of crampons and ice axe into your touring kit.

Forecast by Chris Cochrane

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